Reporting HSA Contributions on Your Tax Return

Follow these steps to report money that went into -- and came out of -- a health savings account.

Last year was my first with a high-deductible health plan combined with a health savings account at work. What do I need to report concerning the HSA when I file my taxes?

When you file, you’ll need to include Form 8889 to report all contributions and withdrawals associated with your HSA in 2013. The form has a line for reporting your direct contributions to your HSA, and you’ll carry that deduction to line 25 of your Form 1040. The form also has a line to report employer contributions, which you’ll fill in if you made pretax contributions via payroll deduction or if your company contributed to your account. This can be confusing, notes Roy Ramthun, founder of HSA Consulting Services, because the IRS considers both of these to be employer pay-ins. You’ll find the correct amount on your W-2 form (box 12, code W).

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Kimberly Lankford
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

As the "Ask Kim" columnist for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Lankford receives hundreds of personal finance questions from readers every month. She is the author of Rescue Your Financial Life (McGraw-Hill, 2003), The Insurance Maze: How You Can Save Money on Insurance -- and Still Get the Coverage You Need (Kaplan, 2006), Kiplinger's Ask Kim for Money Smart Solutions (Kaplan, 2007) and The Kiplinger/BBB Personal Finance Guide for Military Families. She is frequently featured as a financial expert on television and radio, including NBC's Today Show, CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio.